Safety Watchdog Group Alleges Ford Explorers Should be Recalled for Fume Issues

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An automotive safety advocacy group has recommended that Ford recall 1.35 million Ford Explorer SUVs because of complaints about fumes in the passenger seat. Ford disputes the claims.

The Center for Auto Safety says that it has found 44 complaints about fumes in a government database after owners took Explorers in for free repairs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has investigated the problem in both police and civilian explorers in 2011 through 2017 model years. However, it has not reached a conclusion about the issue.

According to Ford, the vehicles are safe. However, some customers voiced concerns about odors and carbon monoxide in the vehicles. The company did a service campaign, and invited owners to bring the vehicles to dealers for free repairs. Ford says that the free service has addressed the issues with the exhaust. Ford says its mechanics check for leaks in the rear lift gate gaskets and drain valves, and if any leaks are found they are sealed or gaskets replaced to prevent fumes from entering. They also reprogram the air conditioning in order to let in more fresh air.

The Center for Auto Safety says that Ford and the NHTSA should do a recall before a driver or a passenger is overcome by fumes. The NHTSA began investigating the issue with Explorers in 2016, and announced that it is testing multiple civilian and law enforcement vehicles and doing inspections of vehicles involved in complaints.

Automobile manufacturers have a duty to manufacture vehicles that are safe for the public. If they become aware of an issue, there is a responsibility to issue a recall if necessary. If you have been harmed by a defective vehicle, you should speak with an attorney. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to schedule a free consultation, or visit us on YouTube to learn more about the firm.
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